Wood ProductsFrom logs to finished cabinetry, the wood industry spans a variety of bearing requirements. At the logging level heavy duty mounted units and roller chain are essential as the logs are delimbed and rough processed at the sawmill. The finishing phases requires saws, planers and finishing equipment that use high speed spindles that work under great stress while maintaining critical tolerances. The wood industry deals with forestry, logging, timber trade, and the production of forest and wood products and other secondary by-products such as the wood pulp for the paper and furniture industry. Essentially, wood provides us with over 5,000 products that we use for our daily needs. These include photographic film, toothpaste, paints and other wood by-products.
What Are the Common Bearings Used in the Wood Products Industry?The wood products industry undeniably faces unique and intense environmental conditions, from elements such as rain, wind, heat, and snow to unbearable aspects of timber dust and fine particles. All these elements can damage bearings and mechanical power transmission equipment. Ideally, during the logging processes, heavy-duty mounted units and roller chains have to be deployed for the best outcome. Similarly, this equipment is also utilized during the de-limbing and processing at the sawmill. Some of the most common bearings used in the wood product industry include:
- Radial Ball Bearings: Radial Ball Bearings provide low friction that limits vibrations and noise. They also offer the ability for some axial load capacity.
- Spherical Roller Bearing: A spherical roller bearing is a rolling-element bearing that allows rotation with low friction while enabling angular misalignment. Spherical Roller Bearings are popular with most industrial applications because they take heavy loads and are self-aligning. They also have a unique design that allows them to take combined loads in radial and axial direction.
- ‘P53’ Bearings have Abec 5 precision with extra internal clearance. The internal clearance influences the load distribution in a bearing. The P5 indicates a higher level of precision with less run out and end play. It also determines whether the rolling elements move in a rolling or sliding motion.
What Are Some Typical Applications for These Bearing Types?Emerson Bearing provides a wide range of housed bearings and optional accessories designed specifically with your unique wood processing application in mind. Whether you need Radial Ball Bearings, Spherical Roller Bearing, or ‘P53’ Bearings, you can count on us to provide high-quality bearings that allow for industry-standard interchangeability and ease of installation. Some typical applications of Radial Ball Bearings, Spherical Roller Bearing, and ‘P53’ Bearings include:
- Logs processing
- Finished Cabinetry